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Minneapolis and St. Paul lift vaccine-or-test mandate for restaurants, bars

The mask mandate will remain in effect for businesses licensed by the cities


February 11, 2022

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune file

Bartender Justin Fowler poured a shot at Dusty's in Minneapolis on Jan. 6, a few minutes after the mask mandate went into effect.

Twin Cities Mayors Melvin Carter and Jacob Frey on Thursday jointly rescinded their vaccine-or-test emergency regulations for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, effective immediately, as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rapidly decline.

Mask mandates for Minneapolis' "areas of public accommodation" and St. Paul's city-licensed businesses will stay in place for now.

"We always want to try and be as least invasive as possible when we're coming from a public health perspective," Minneapolis interim Health Commissioner Heidi Ritchie said in an interview. "We felt like in the areas where there were people who were eating and drinking and they couldn't feasibly wear a mask, that vaccination was really the best way to keep everybody safe. At this point with the transmission rates dropping the way that they are, the hospitalization rates not as precarious as they were, we're comfortable pulling that more invasive regulation backwards."


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